Full Stack Developer - Flywheel

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

We’re a cutting-edge tech company with a very human mission—to help every person discover, preserve, and share the story of what led to them. Combining the rich information in family trees and historical records with the genetic details revealed in DNA, we create unique experiences that give people a new understanding of their lives, because connecting all the pieces of our family story can give us the deepest sense of who we are.

For more information on what we do and why you would want to work at Ancestry, visit our careers page:www.workforancestry.com

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means 

Job Description

A major component of the ancestry flywheel is to create communities that members can engage in. The M2M engagement team will drive the member-2-member component of this ecosystem via message center, message boards, help content, and more. The primary goal for this team will be to keep customers engaged with continuous generation of insights via the Ancestry community.

Ancestry is seeking a Senior Full Stack Developer to join member to member engagement team. You will join an impressive team of developers, designers and product managers who have built some of the world's most compelling products, producing the world-wide leader in two categories: family history, and consumer genetic testing.

In this role, you will be focused on building capabilities for all of Ancestry customers to have a world class experience around peer-2-peer engagement. This role provides many opportunities for professional growth and advancement and includes developing client-side components and pages using the latest JavaScript frameworks, and managing scalable resources using AWS.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop client-side applications using the latest JavaScript language features, frameworks, and tooling. 
  • Performance work including: profiling, time to first byte, browser memory usage, decreasing the overall load time of applications and hitting first meaningful paint. 
  • Implementation and mentoring other team members on best practices and bringing them up to speed. 
  • Architecting and building out front-end applications to leverage the benefits of Amazon Web Services.
  • Work with Product Management, Marketing, UX, and Research. 
  • Consistently write useful tests for all code developed and ensure quality is maintained as development moves forward. 


  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Computer Science (or strong foundation in CS fundamentals such as design patterns, data structures and algorithms)
  • 3+ years of full-stack software development experience 
  • Development experience with REST, JSON, HTTP, SSL and Caching
  • Experience with Reactive architectures and asynchronous code
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience coding with Java on the server side
  • Strong JavaScript skills, including React, Angular, and Node
  • Disciplined approach to development including QA and Design Patterns

Additional Information

Helping people discover their story is at the heart of ours. Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry’s suite of products includes: AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3, Newspapers.com, Find a Grave, Archives.com, and Rootsweb.
We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at http://ancestry.com/careers 

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.